Well-reputed as the corporate hub of Italy, Milan stands out from other cities of Italy because of its bustling business life. Milan may not top the list of the most visited cities of the world but it has the richest historical roots and distinct Italian heritage. Some of the most iconic men lived their lives in this city. St. Augustine was christened in a local church here; Michaelangelo and Leonardo Davinci lived here for a considerable amount of time and Napoleon took over the kingdom by crowning himself in Milan.
Basilicas and Cathedrals to Visit in Milan
This city has some of the most magnificent architecture in the form of gorgeous basilicas and cathedrals. Some of the most popular spots in Milan include:
Il Duomo (Milan Cathedral)
The Milan Cathedral is a huge church; one of the largest in the world. It has the capacity to accommodate almost forty thousand people at one time. This majestic building is spellbinding because of its surreal gothic architecture. The ceiling has 135 stone culminations and almost 2200 marble sculptures fill up the exterior of the church. The tinted glass windows were one of their kind during the time of their installation in the 15th and 16th centuries. Adjacent to the Duomo’s aisle is the Basilica di Santa Tecla and an ancient baptistery Battistero di San Giovanni alle Fonti both of which date back to the fourth century.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper
The most coveted Da Vinci’s Last Supper rests today in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The foundations of this church were laid in 1465 but later in World war II severe destruction occurred here. During the remodeling of the church, some of the most beautiful art pieces were recovered. This church is well-known because of Leonardo’s Last Supper. Entrance rules for the exhibition are strict and you have to prebook the tickets before your visit.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II was built by Giuseppe Mengoni during 1865 and 1877. It is the biggest shopping lane in Europe today. Galleria is an epitome of classic 19thcentury architectural techniques such as the use of iron and glass for interior and a high altitude dome which encloses the arcade. The best part of this place is the coffee shops and the tiny eateries which pop up after every few steps. These are good relaxing points after an exhausting shopping spree.
San Maurizio and the Museum
The church of San Maurizio has one of the most aesthetic interiors for a church. Biblical figures and stories have been portrayed on the walls of the church. Some of the most versatile painters of the 16th century such as Bernardino Luini and his sons took part in this process of transforming the church. These paintings are as good as new even after so many centuries of existing.
The Archeology museum is located in close proximity of the church. The ruins of ancient Roman Milan are displayed here along with some old stone and bronze sculptures that were discovered from different parts of Italy.